University of York

University of York


The programme will enable you to perform original research in the field of sociolinguistics by giving you a practical training in techniques and methodologies used in sociolinguistic analysis. You will also have the opportunity to develop your interest in areas such as the interface between variation and phonological and syntactic theory and empirical methods in the study of contemporary and historical data. The programme will: Impart a general foundation and background in sociolinguistics; give you a practical training in techniques used in sociolinguistic analysis; enable you to apply your skills and knowledge to linguistic data; introduce you to research questions and methodologies in sociolinguistics; enable you to perform original research in sociolinguistics.

Entry requirements

Students should normally hold or expect to receive at least a 2.1 or equivalent in their 1st degree. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Module includes: Phonetics and phonology; syntax; language variation and change; quantitative methods; topics in language variation and change; phonological variation and change; specific training and dissertation; research training.

Assessment methods

Autumn term: Assessment for Autumn term is in 2 parts: A dossier of exercises is submitted in the middle of the Autumn term, and another 1 is handed in at the start of the Spring term. Spring term: Each option is generally assessed by a 5,000-word essay handed in at the start of the Summer term. Dissertation: The course culminates in a sustained period of independent research and the production of a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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